July 3, 2018

CEO—Chess Master or Gardener? - Book Information

CEO as Gardener Approach in Management

Author: Dr. Anil K Khandelwal
Former Chairman & Managing Director, Bank of Baroda

The book  is based on the empirical research work by the author on six CEOs strategies in Industrial Relations in Bank of Baroda leading to research degree.

Further, the book describes author's initial experimentation with a new style of IR and HRD in  operating role and later major reforms in IR and HR in top management roles. In contrast with the earlier chess mastering approach in which CEOs played against union leaders, the author's focus was on deep employee engagement and building architecture of human processes. It was like a gardener’s approach in weeding out an old culture, preparing a soil (creating facilitating environment for people processes) planting the seedling (employee centric innovation) and nurturance (maintain morale and confidence). Author describes his success in this CEO as Gardener approach in the book.



Hearty Cooperation advocated by Taylor in Scientific Management

A superior has to be a friend and teacher. F.W. Taylor stated in his Scientific Management in 1911. Even though management theory advocates cooperative and democratic management/leadership practices, still the management scene is dominated by authoritative/coercive bosses who are using the power they gained through various means to exploit others and weaken organizations and society.

Hearty Cooperation advocated by Taylor in Scientific Management

Each man should daily be taught by and receive the most friendly help from those who are over him, instead of being, at the one extreme, driven or coerced by his bosses, and at the other left to his own unaided devices.

This close, intimate, personal cooperation between the management and the men is of the essence of modern scientific or task management.

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